Lucia day: wearing crowns with candles & eating saffron buns

December 13, 2012

in An American in Europe,Living abroad,Living in Sweden,Stockholm,Sweden,Swedish cultural behavior,Swedish traditions


The lussekatter or Lucia buns that were served at work yesterday.

Girls wearing crowns of candles on their heads and white gowns with red sashes. Boys wearing white gowns too, but with cone-shaped hats adorned with stars. It’s the tradition today for celebrating Saint Lucia. Lucia celebrations include singing the Lucia song and eating lussekatter or saffron-flavored buns with glögg or coffee.

I had my first lussekatt of the season yesterday at work. I must be  toning down my saffron aversion though as I didn’t think the bun was quite so bad as I remembered it.

This Lucia for dummies video does a cheeky job of describing and showing the traditions of the day. Thanks to Jodi for sharing it and Sweden Plus for creating it.

Swedish Lucia For Dummies from Sweden on Vimeo.


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December 13, 2014 at 18:15


1 Antropologa December 14, 2012 at 18:13

Oh, good, it’s not just me who is not into lussekatter!

2 Sandra December 30, 2012 at 20:57

Antropologa, I’m glad to here that. I take a lot of grief for not being fond of saffron!

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